To do online notarizations, you’ll need a traditional notarial commission from your state first. If you don’t have one already, check your Secretary of State website for instructions on getting started. You’ll need to upload a copy of this commission to your account on our platform.
Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance protects you financially if you are sued for unintentional mistakes or if a false claim is filed against you. To make sure you’re protected, you’ll need to upload a copy of your policy worth at least $25,000 to your account (most policies can be purchased for as little as $15-30 a year). One option for your coverage is the NNA, though we accept other providers too.
A digital certificate, also known as a digital signature, is used to seal the documents you’ve notarized. This digital certificate attaches to the document and ensures the document is tamper-evident (i.e. any subsequent changes to the document become apparent). At Online Notary Center, we partner with IdenTrust for digital certificates. For instructions on getting your certificate, follow this link here.
We do not accept digital certificates from other vendors.
Choose between our Notary Basic Plan and our Notary Professional Plan. We’ll provide your journal, seal, and signature, along with all the technology and tools needed to start performing notarizations. See our Pricing for details on each of our plans.
You’ll need to submit a form to the Secretary of State notifying them of your vendor. Send this to the Secretary of State’s office, along with the required $50 fee.
Check the Secretary of State website under the “Online Notary Public” section for further details and links to the applications. (Note: The “Online Notary Public” section is different from the “Electronic Notary Public” section. Make sure to read the information in the “Online Notary Public” section.)
After you’ve received approval, you’ll receive a notification to register for the state-required training course, conducted via webinar.
You’ll have access to the state-required training course after your Online Notary Registration Form is approved by the SOS.
After the course, you’ll be emailed a test. Once you’ve passed the test, you’ll receive an email with your online notary commission certificate. Email this certificate to us at [email protected], and our platform will allow you to start notarizing online.
More details can be found on the Secretary of State website here.